Back to work!

Up and at ’em!

The (Communist) party’s over, comrades. Assume the position! Nose to grindstone! Hup hup!

Last night we enjoyed breaded pork chops from “Dad’s Own Cookbook” by Bob Sloan, seared Brussels sprouts via Martha Rose Shulman, rice and a hefty salad laden with greens, fruit and all manner of good things.

Also, and too, there was ice cream. It was a holiday weekend. I rode lots. Sue me.

Now Herself is back in the loving embrace of the military-industrial complex while I contemplate the two-week run-up to Interbike. Frankly, I would rather not be going to Sin City, and various experts of my acquaintance anticipate a reduced turnout for the final show there, but business is business and schnapps is schnapps, as Middelstaedt reminded Territorial Kantorek in “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

At the moment business includes trying to dredge up a three-figure bike suitable for the Adventure Cyclist audience after one of our review models went walkabout, as can happen during the silly season marking the transition from one model year to the next. There seems to be a metric shit-ton of product floating around on container ships, but damn’ little on dry land, and deadlines wait for no man.

Speaking of things floating around in the ocean to no good purpose, Hurricane Irma is thrashing around just east of Antigua, drawing a bead on Florida. One of Herself’s sisters lives in the Sunshine State and I don’t imagine she has “Key Largo” queued up on Netflix. Like most of us, including the late Johnny Rocco, I expect she prefers that the ocean stay in the water.

Meanwhile, in Oregon, “it seems as if everything is on fire except the desert.” Ditto Montana. Stay safe out there, kids.

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28 Responses to “Back to work!”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Gawd it IS barely two weeks until Interbike! In fact, my credential just arrived. Seems like I was just there. Time flies. Last one in Sin City, though is Reno any better? Gambling/boozing/smoking’s pretty much the same – and it’s in the same gawdamn state to boot! Anyhoo, see ya there!
    Meanwhile, would it be fitting for a hurricane to wash away Mar-A-Lago?

  2. Libby Says:

    This news photographer was shot by police doing his job.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4852920/News-organization-says-employee-shot-traffic-stop.html
    (AP and DM reporter – the local story not updated.)
    “Andy Grimm, photographer for New Carlisle News, was shot in the chest while taking pictures of a traffic stop Monday night.

    Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook Grimm’s photography equipment for a weapon “

  3. canamsteve Says:

    I’d be interested in more info on Gates-belt-driven Rohloff touring bikes. It all seems a bit precious at the moment – with Rohloff “approving” frames that can be used and saying that it is Gates making the “approval” demands – talk to Gates and they say “not us!”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve not heard about that kerfuffle … but then I don’t get out much. I’ll sniff around, see if I can unearth an expert. The guys at Co-Motion are probably dialed in on this topic, but they may be a tad busy dodging fires at the moment.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        This fire shit is getting more serious. Glacier National Park is trying to keep their historic lodge from becoming ash. What a mess. Bark beetles and climate change in action.

        • JD Dallager Says:

          We’ve tried three times to go to Glacier in Aug/Sep…..17 years ago….6 years ago….and 3 years ago….only to turn back each time because of smoke/people wearing medical masks to help w/breathing/one-quarter mile visibility, etc.

          Call us stupid or slow learners, but we’ll now try in June……unfortunately, our kids will likely live long enough to learn that Glacier contains no glaciers.

          As Neil deGrasse Tyson said (paraphrased/non-attribution): “Isn’t it remarkable that the entire US population knew of, believed, and observed to the milli-second the 2017 solar eclipse scientific predictions; but so many are still not convinced of global climate change occurring?”

          As Larry’s wife says……………..

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Amen to that JD. Just got an e mail from the nephew in Seattle. Smoke with ash snow coming from the Norse Peak wildfire just East of Mt. Ranier.

          https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5509/

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Are they admitting the public into Interbike this year?

  5. Shawn Says:

    Hey Larry:

    Yes, Reno is better. I lived there for a time and really enjoyed both the road and MTB riding. I actually wrote to the Interbike folks back in the early 2000’s about considering Reno as an option. They indicated to me that Reno didn’t have enough conference space for the event…… I didn’t and still don’t agree to that determination. I think it might have something more to do with the financial draw that Vegas has “toward” the planners and administrators of Interbike. But as a past attendee of both the Anaheim and Vegas events, I do know that there are a few other more preferred (to me) locations other than Vegas.

    Perhaps though, because I’m not that much of a gambler I just don’t have a clue…..

    Thank you Mr. O’Grady for keeping us informed of the great adventure biking out there… and how the one-eyed and furry clawed folks at your adobe are doing.

    Here’s to dry feet and clear, smoke free skies….

    Shawn

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Shawn – you seem to confuse Interbike with riding bikes rather than looking at bikes, talking about bikes or buying/selling bikes.
      I suppose Reno would be better for the Demo Daze than ‘Vegas, but getting there’s not easier and I doubt there will be as many lodging options for those not on expense accounts or rich enough to afford the show-designated hotel(s) who seem to play the old “20/30 Plan” with the rates*. I thought Interbike was going to Denver, but what do I know?
      *For those who don’t know, the “20/30 Plan” was an old bike retail joke – the jerk who was described as a “loose nut on the seat” after he or she left was often offered this plan, which sounded wonderful, but was actually a 20% discount on a price we’d jack up 30% just for them!

      • Shawn Says:

        Yes Larry you are correct. I am one who easily confuses the purpose of Interbike with going out and riding bikes. I suppose it’s because I was fortunate enough to not really have my economic viability based on the necessary “sales” of bikes and assorted goodies. I apologize for not remembering that issue – “The bike industry that I so much appreciate, relies on the hard work of those who craft, manufacture, distribute, promote and prodigiously write about, fine 2-wheeled products”. Thank you to all for those involved.

        Now if you don’t mind, I’m going out to ride my bike……

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Shawn … I’ve not spent a ton of time in Reno. Mostly I’ve just overnighted there while passing through on the way to or from NoCal.

      A couple old pals, Bruce and Jodie Ruana, who used to own and operate the handlebar-tape outfit Off the Front, ran their business in the Gardnerville-Minden area for a while, and now live in Reno proper. Seemed a good place to cycle, for sure. Also to ski (Bruce was and probably still is a fiend for the skiing).

      I agree with Larry that travel to and from Reno will be more difficult for a lot of folks, me among them. Since I fly Air Subaru I’m looking at a drive of 1,027 miles that takes more than 15 hours. And then I have to drive further yet to enjoy the outdoor action at the Northstar resort.

      I plan to make a big vacation out of the trip, hooking up with a couple of old newspaper pals from Santa Rosa for the consumer weekend. But the change of venue and more complicated travel might be a deal-breaker for some industry types who don’t enjoy the flexible scheduling of a underemployed rumormonger.

      Then again, I haven’t talked to a retailer or manufacturer yet who plans to attend this year’s show. Maybe Joe Lindsey is right and trade shows are dead — they just don’t know it yet.

      • Herb Clevenger Says:

        Interbike IS dead and the industry does know it. Reno is just a stop on the way to the cemetery. When Trek, Specialized and others began hosting their own dealer meetings prior to Interbike, most dealers could no longer see the reason or justify the expense to travel to Vegas. Same goes for a much bigger show, Outdoor Retailer. By the time OR takes place most outdoor shops already have next years buy in the hopper. Interbike blew it with Reno as a choice not that it matters but I’m betting that while it will be more expensive for attendees, the Interbike group got cut a great deal. One thing for sure Patrick-you won’t have to push and shove to walk the aisles or get the photo you wanted.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          All solid points, Herb. I think we’re gonna be looking at an awful thin herd for this last roundup in Sin City. And next year? Sheesh. My crystal ball is all fogged up.

        • larryatcycleitalia Says:

          You may be right. I go there to see my Italian industry friends all-in-one-place, but each year I wonder more about why they make the trip. Your take on the Big S, T and G doing their own shows certainly has something to do with it. They don’t want their hostages…er..dealers to be confused by what else might be available to them, especially now that S, T and G have full lineups of “me-too” products like shoes, clothing and everything else.
          Rarely is any of it nearly as good as the stuff made by folks who concentrate only on shoes, clothing, etc. but S, T & G work hard to make sure the IBD’s budget is all spent on their stuff…so why should the IBD go look at anything else?
          This short-term thinking sort of forgets the pesky customer. If he or she doesn’t want the “me-too” product the alternative is to buy online, bypassing the IBD hostage to S, T or G.
          All this makes showing up at Interbike increasingly a waste of money and time. I’m going to propose to my Italian industry friends some ideas about promoting their products directly to the consumer since the IBD seems less and less able or interested in having a real variety of product instead of a store full of whatever S, T or G crams down their throats.

          • canamsteve Says:

            larryatcycleitalia is right – I’m mostly a customer these days (my retail life is long past) but I do get around (bike shops in UK, France, Spain, South Africa and USA this year) and I do try and see what is working and what isn’t. The survivor shops seem to know their local market and go with the flow just enough to capture the lucrative part of fads.

            The big players, with their integrated structures more and more apparent, push product down to customers. It’s a bit like broadcast TV compared to Netflix – push and pull. As long as the wave keeps cresting, the integrated shops do well – sometimes really well. But as soon as the peak passes, they are stuck. Ideally they have at least an 80/20 split (fad/core) of customers but they would be better off 20/80 in the long run.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Now even the smaller players are staying away. I’ve heard about a slew of bike brands that are either sticking to Demo or skipping the show entirely.

          I think the only reason the Adventure Cycling folks are going is to get the hell out of Montana. The casino will be less smoky than Missoula.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          That’s funny right there. That’s why Patrick earns the big money.

  6. ryansubike Says:

    At first glance it appears overcast here in the emerald city but that’s wildfire smoke in Seattle folks, tough to complain about air quality when so many wild spaces are aflame. sigh

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